Sleep is necessary. Without it we cannot function efficiently or effectively. America is considered to be suffering from an insomnia epidemic. Some studies indicate that (one) 1 out of every (three) 3 adults has insomnia. More than 40% of insomnia sufferers also suffer from depression, and 90% of people with depression have this sleep disorder. 40% of women who are going through menopause experience this as well. As such, there is an increase in people who use prescription sleep aids. Dr. Holly at Queen City Health Center says this raises great concern because these sufferers are prone to falling asleep behind the wheel of a vehicle.
What is insomnia and what are its symptoms?
The inability to fall asleep or stay asleep is called insomnia. This sleep disorder leads to people being functionally impaired during their waking hours. It may be experienced by people of any age; however, it is very common in the elderly. Not everyone has a long-lasting episode; for some people it is short term or under one month. However, there are those who have long-term episodes. This sleep disorder causes general tiredness, irritability, sleepiness during the day, and concentration problems. You may be surprised to learn that many people seek chiropractic care for insomnia, but, perhaps what’s even more surprising is that it’s highly effective!
What causes insomnia?
Chronic insomnia can be brought on with the occurrence of traumatic experiences, as well as medical or psychiatric causes, and can make an individual irritable or depressed. It causes many people to be more susceptible to heart disease and automobile accidents. Job loss, death of a loved one, illness, medication and environmental factors are also perpetrators of acute insomnia.
How insomnia is usually diagnosed and treated
A healthcare physician or specialist at a sleep centre usually handles the diagnosis of this sleep disorder. They will conduct an evaluation of a patient’s medical and sleep history along with interviewing the person’s sleep partner. The specialist might also conduct a physical exam. To assess their sleep patterns, insomnia sufferers are asked to keep a sleep diary for several weeks, which a doctor will then analyze. The Athens insomnia scale, used by a specialist, measures eight parameters related to sleep.
People with mild insomnia are advised to practice good sleeping habits, which will alleviate their condition. In some cases, where daytime activities are affected, doctors will prescribe sleeping pills for a short duration; this is to prevent the patients from becoming addicted. For chronic sufferers, doctors tend to explore the underlying conditions that trigger the disorder. In doing so, the symptoms are lessened.
How can chiropractic care help alleviate or treat Insomnia?
Insomnia suffers often come to Dr. Holly for relief from their illness. She is able to provide relief for insomnia through spinal manipulation. Regular adjustments help to relax patients so they can sleep for longer hours. In addition to chiropractic care, Dr. Holly also advises patients by prescribing a comprehensive holistic regimen that includes lifestyle changes, natural supplements, dietary restrictions and regular exercise.
Ready to get a full night’s sleep again? Make an appointment with Dr. Holly at Queen City Health Center and see first-hand how chiropractic care may just be the solution you’ve been searching for! To book an in-person consultation, complete with a physical evaluation and X-rays, call us at 980.422.2000. If you’ve never been to a chiropractor and are not sure what to expect, visit this page for insight into your first visit to QCHC. We are a family-centered practice and will do everything possible to make our patients feel right at home. You just might get comfortable enough to take a nap… so bring your pillow!
Still not sure? That’s okay. Take your time. Sleep on it. 😉 And meanwhile, fill out the form on this site to request a FREE 15-minute phone consultation with the doc. She’ll answer all your questions about chiropractic care for insomnia right over the phone.